Five things I learned this weekend

Davis decommits from Florida

Four-star running back prospect Mike Davis (Stone Mountain, Ga./Stephenson) had been a long-time Florida commitment until he officially opened back up his recruitment this weekend.

“It’s something that happened that I really don’t want to get into,” Davis said. “Things happened with that staff that were not supposed to happen. At this point, Florida is pretty much eliminated. I had to make a decision that’s best for me. At this point, I haven’t even talked to or told Florida.”

Davis didn’t take long to make his first official visit. This past weekend he was in Knoxville visiting the Vols.

“I am just getting back from Tennessee,” Davis said. “It was a fun trip and I had a great time. The thing that stood out the most was being surrounded by the players and coaches. The players there are so positive. It’s a great affect being around those guys. It looks good at Tennessee.”

Davis said he will also visit South Carolina, FSU and Alabama. This past season he rushed for over 1,900 yards and 21 touchdowns. Davis is the No. 17-ranked running back in the nation and the No. 20-rated recruit from the state of Georgia.

Four-star DE to commit soon

Four-star defensive end Denzel Devall (Bastrop, La./Bastrop) says he will likely make his commitment very soon. Devall is down to four schools.

“I will probably make a commitment over Christmas break,” said Devall through email. “I am considering Alabama, LSU, Arkansas and Texas A&M. Right now my two leaders are LSU and Alabama.”

Devall, 6-1 and 236 pounds, is the No. 22-ranked DE in the nation and the No. 7-ranked recruit from the state of Louisiana. He finished his junior season with 87 tackles, four sacks, and five forced fumbles. Devall also said he recorded 51 tackles for a loss.

LSU turns Nebraska recruit

Deion Jones (New Orleans, La./Jesuit) had been committed to Nebraska since the early part of this fall until LSU offered him a scholarship three weeks ago.

“The offer came on a Thursday before our first playoff game,” Jones said. “That really caught me by surprise. (LSU running back coach) Frank Wilson offered me and I knew I had to take them into consideration. I didn’t want to think about it until the season was over. We just lost in the third round (to Carencro) so I made my decision on Friday.”

A big reason why Jones selected the Tigers is because its closer to home.

“That’s mostly why I picked LSU, because of the fact my family can see me. We are very close and I think I would have been less comfortable that far away from home. It was very hard to tell Nebraska because I gave them my word. But I didn’t think anyone else was coming back in and then LSU offered.”

Jones, 6-2 and 200 pounds, will play linebacker at LSU. He’s the No. 24-ranked inside linebacker in the nation and the No. 21 rated recruit in the state of Louisiana.

Alford falls short; Liggins leads Lafayette

ESPNU 150 athlete Anthony Alford (Petal, Miss./Petal) accounted for 370 total yards and five touchdowns but his team fell short in the 6A state championship game against Olive Branch 35-34. Petal missed a potential game-winning 38-yard field as time expired. Alford is the nation’s No. 14 ranked athlete, the No. 98 ranked athlete in the ESPNU 150 and the No. 3 recruit from the state if Mississippi.

Meanwhile, Oxford Lafayette and Jeremy Liggins couldn’t be stopped. They won their 32nd game in a row and second consecutive 4A state title by beating Laurel 39-29. Liggins, 6-3 and 270 pounds, passed for 102 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 111 yards and a score. His teammate, running back Demarkous Dennis, rushed for 190 yards and one touchdown.

Liggins is the No. 17-ranked athlete, the No. 121 rated prospect in the ESPNU 150 and the No. 5-ranked recruit from the state of Mississippi.

Davis surpasses 2,000 receiving yards

Gaffney lost to Duncan Byrnes in one of the South Carolina state championship games on Saturday. In the loss, Gaffney three-star receiver Quinshad Davis had 184 receiving yards. That gives him 2,009 receiving yards this season.

Davis, 6-2 and 185 pounds, is the No. 67-ranked receiver in the nation and the No. 20 rated recruit from the state of South Carolina.